Beautiful Collisions (Book Review - Aniesha Brahma's When Our Worlds Collide)

When Our Worlds Collide
Author: Aniesha Brahma

The cover of Aniesha Brahma's When Our Worlds Collide, in beautiful pastel shades, has the Boy and the Girl gazing into each other's eyes.
The two faces, though facing each other, are not on collision course. Rather there's curiosity, friendship, and, I reckon, love in the two pairs of eyes.

I had expected 'When Our Worlds Collide' to be a typical love story.
Let me explain what I mean by a 'typical love story'. As one starts reading the story, it is obvious soon enough who the two main characters are. And it is an evident, accepted fact that they are going to end up together, when the story ends.
Despite the predictable plot, what makes the story interesting, is the way it is told. The many small incidents, the fun conversations and the blooming love is reason enough to read through such love stories.
I am certainly a sucker for these stories and I had expected to enjoy this story of the romantic collision of the two sweet souls.

Aniesha Brahma's When Our Worlds Collide is all this and more. It is an interesting, fun read. The description of each character, the interaction among them and the fun conversations make the story interesting.
What makes it all the more enjoyable is that the plot is not predictable.
'When Our Worlds Collide' is not your typical 'boy meets girl, and they live happily everafter. It is more.

As the book begins, Akriti is a twenty-three year old girl, who seems to almost sleep-walking through her routines in life. Things are anything, but ideal, but Akriti has not found the will and courage to change things. There's a monotony that Akriti seems to have accepted.

Zayn has experienced so many new places in his twenty-three years that he craves for the permanence of being in one place. Life always seems to have something else in store for him though.

Having a shared history, that both of them are initially unaware of, fate has them meet again.

'When Our Worlds Collide' is also the story of Akriti's parents and their lives, of Ayoub and his maturity beyond his years, Nimmi (my namesake :)) and many others.

There's charming poetry and beautifully written prose. There are quotes that each chapter starts with that I loved.
I love the beautiful quotes that every chapter starts with.

"You know that amazing lightheaded feeling you get every time you see your crush? Well, that's common sense leaving your body." - Anonymous

"I hate you and then I love you.
It's like I want to throw you off a cliff,
And then rush to the bottom to catch you." - Anonymous

'When Our Worlds Collide' is not a story of blind love. It is a story of smart individuals with romantic hearts and sensible brains.

"Some days I cannot stop thinking about you.
And other days I wonder why I'm wasting my time." - Anonymous

It leaves you happy, hopeful and satisfied.

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About the Book
Akriti has led a pretty much sheltered life. 
Zayn has been shuttled from city to city when he was growing up. 
She is comfortable watching her life from the sidelines. 
He wants to feel rooted to a place he can call ‘home’. 
They meet each other quite by chance. 
And both seize the chance to be someone they both need in their lives: 
For Zayn, it’s a 'Partner-In-Crime'. 
For Akriti, someone who just knows how to be there for her… 
When their worlds collide, 
It is not what either of them expected it to be. 
Zayn has a steady girlfriend. And Akriti has a crush on him. 
What happens when these two become friends? 
The biggest adventure of their lives? Or the road to heartbreak? 
What happens when two completely different people collide? 
Do they become friends? Or, is their friendship doomed from the start? 
'When Our Worlds Collide' is the story of two twenty-three-year-olds, Who are finally growing up and finding their feet in the world. 
A tale of friendship and love, crushes and betrayals, messes and second chances, Marriage and divorce… and the elusive happily ever after! 

Character Interview: Suzanna & Surbhi

Suzanna: Why am I stuck in an interview with Surbhi? She’s a minor character! 
Surbhi: A minor character who is a catalyst! 

Is there anything you do not like about your characters?

Surbhi: Yes. I don’t like how she doesn’t judge people. Isn’t that not human?
Suzanna: No. I loved my character to a T.

Do you have a favorite scene in When Our Worlds Collide?

Surbhi: Sure. I love the fact I slip drinks to people. 
Suzanna: I kind of love the fact I am a one-woman force behind Poetry Slams. 

Do you have a favorite character, besides yourselves, in the book?

Surbhi: Sure. I love Esha. Even though I do not get a scene with her.
Suzanna: I like both Akriti and Zayn. In fact, I really love those two kids. 

Why do you think people should read When Our Worlds Collide?

Surbhi: Because they’re bored out of their minds?
Suzanna: Nice, Surbhi. *rolls eyes* I think they should read it because it is a coming of age story. And because it tells you right from the start that it is not always about the happy ending. Sometimes, it is about the story.

Do you think either of you will feature in subsequent sequels to this novella?

Surbhi: Pfffftttt!!!
Suzanna: It’s really too early to say. 

About the Author

Aniesha Brahma knew she wanted to be a writer since she was six years old. She was schooled in Dolna Day School and went on to pursue B.A., M.A., and M.Phil in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur Univeristy. She currently lives in Kolkata, with her family and five pet cats. The Secret Proposal was her debut novel, followed by The Guitar Girl. She was a contributing author with her story The Difference, in the anthology: Voices, Old & New. When Our Worlds Collide is her third work of fiction, and first novella.


  1. Atypical love story? Interesting. You did pick some good quotes.


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